Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Uranium Work Group comes to Hampton Roads

Over the past year there has been debate in Virginia about whether to lift a statewide ban on uranium mining to allow a uranium mine near Dansville, Virginia.  While physically far away, our community has a direct connection to the area.

The Indian River section of Chesapeake gets its drinking water through Norfolk's water system.  One of the key water reservoirs for Norfolk and Virginia Beach is Lake Gaston, located 125 miles to our west.   Lake Gaston is located downstream of the proposed uranium mine.   The mining activities would include the on-site storage in 'containment cells' of large amounts of mine tailings - the still radioactive waste rock and earth left after the extractable uranium ore has been removed.   The concern is that if catastrophic flooding, such as from a hurricane, breaches the containment cells  then radioactive waste would be washed into Lake Gaston and  threaten the region's water supply.  Many entities including the city councils of Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach have stated that the mining ban should be kept in place until conclusive evidence demonstrates that mining is safe for the environment and the health of residents.

The risk of pollution and the level of threat to the water supply are two of the issues being studied by the Uranium Working Group, established by the governor of Virginia, to provide a scientific policy analysis.   The Uranium Working Group is holding a Public Meeting at the Virginia Beach Convention Center next Tuesday, August 28th, at 6 PM.

Here are some links about the Uranium Working Group, the proposed mine, and the coalition seeking to 'Keep the Ban':

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Adopt-A-Spot Planning Meeting - August 22nd

We're having a planning meeting for the landscaping and beautification around Indian River Bridge! We will develop a landscape plan and a schedule for the fall planting activities. Everyone with an interest is welcomed!

When: Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012, 2 PM - 4 PM
Where: Indian River Library,  2320 Old Greenbrier Road, Chesapeake, VA 23325

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

August 9th Meeting - Oysters, Crabs, and Fish, Oh My

Thursday evening, Chris Moore, Hampton Roads Scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, spoke to the group about sea life in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries like the Indian River.  He talked about the recovery of blue crabs stocks, some early signs of hope for local oysters, and the state of the key menhaden fishery. 

In our own Indian River, oysters are becoming more apparent, with clusters of squirting oysters apparent along various shorelines.   We even have a commercial harvest of blue crabs in our waters, at least some of which end up at a local favorite, Wicker's Crab Pot Seafood Restaurant.